TORONTO (AP) -Carlos Quentin and the Chicago White Sox handed Toronto's Brandon Morrow another setback.
For better or worse, not many fans saw it. At least not in person.
Only 10,610 were at Rogers Center to see the rout. With the NHL postseason starting and the Toronto Raptors playing across town for a spot in the NBA playoffs, the city's attention was elsewhere.
Quentin hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to help the Chicago White Sox beat Toronto 11-1 Wednesday night.
His slam pushed Morrow's outing from merely shaky into discouraging.
``I was just trying to get some runs in, bases loaded no outs,' Quentin said. ``So I was trying to get the ball elevated and to the outfield so that we could at least come away with one and put a good swing on a fastball and it went out of the park.'
It put the White Sox up 7-0 after a leadoff walk from Mark Teahen, a single by Juan Pierre and Beckham was hit by a pitch. Andruw Jones hit a double to end the night for Morrow (0-1) who left charged with seven earned runs in four-plus innings, with three strikeouts and a walk.
The Blue obtained the right-hander in an off-season trade with the Seattle Mariners, but his first two starts for his new team have been disappointing and have left him with a 12.00 ERA.
He also allowed Jones' 391st career homer, one that made him him 50th in big league history with 391. He had been tied with Graig Nettles.
``They hit a couple pitches that were up,' Morrow said. ``The slider to Andruw Jones early was a good pitch to hit and he hit it out. Obviously I got myself in trouble in the fifth with the walk and the hit batter.
Morrow missed some time in spring training with a sore shoulder.
``He is one of the guys that's behind right now as far as pitches,' Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. ``We really never got to see him pitch a lot in spring training. He didn't pitch a lot. He's still kind of having his spring training right now. We'll see.'
John Danks (1-0) allowed two hits and a run in seven innings and Tony Pena finished with two perfect ones. Danks struck out six and walked three.
Gordon Beckham hit a two-out RBI double in the third.
Gaston said before the game that Kevin Gregg would be the closer instead of Jason Frasor for now. Frasor blew the save on Monday in a game the Blue Jays lost 8-7 to the White Sox in 11 innings.
Gregg got the save in Tuesday's 4-2 victory. Gregg and Frasor each have three saves this season.
``I just had a talk with him, we're just going to reverse the roles a little bit until Frasor can get back to where we think he should be,' Gaston said.
``It's because of the way he's performed,' Gaston said of Gregg. ``He's been absolutely outstanding out there. He's been even better than he was at spring training. I don't think he's went out there and walked a guy yet - not the leadoff guy. So just going to reverse it and see what happens.'
He said Frasor took the news well.
``Frasor's great,' Gaston said. ``He had no problem. He understands.'
NOTES: Randy Ruiz made his first start for the Blue Jays on Wednesday and had his first hit of the season, a single to right in the fifth that was the first of the game off Danks, then stole second and scored on Jose Bautista's single. ... The previous low at the ballpark formerly known as SkyDome was 11,159, set last Sept. 9. The franchise low is 10,074 on April 17, 1979, at Exhibition Stadium.
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